Do you have any questions about Tenet? Maybe the script can answer them.
One of the craziest parts of 2020 is that Tenet actually came out and played in theaters. Saw it on a driveway and still have questions about what happened. Since it's not immediately available again, I sat down with the Tenet script to see if I could answer my own questions.
Then I realized I'd bet the entire No Film School would want to read and learn from Christopher Nolan's script. In order to…
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Lessons from the Tenet Script
It was difficult to write this article as I am not sure what younger or newer writers can learn from Nolan's story. This was obviously written by a skilled storyteller who had a clear idea of what the film would look like and knew the film was going to be made.
Even so, Nolan's writing is sparse, easy to read on the page, and written so that all actions are clear. I love how it is not afraid to grow incredibly tall. From the crash of an airplane to various scenes on yachts and extensive military battles.
What other lessons can we learn?
I think the best is just persistence.
Writer and director Christopher Nolan conceived the ideas behind it principle over the course of 20 yearsHowever, the story was complex and he kept going back and forth. He spoke to theoretical physicists for research purposes and just stuck with it.
It also has a very clever title that lends itself to the actual plot. The title is a palindrome and reads backwards and forwards.
I know this is not an in-depth summary of the lesson, but I think this is just a great script for reading the rhythm and feeling an author give you details to help solve the story on your own.
So go ahead and enjoy!
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